Wonderful last afternoon tea for 2021.......
Nice way to finish 2021 with a lovely afternoon tea with my hubby at the very grand Renaissance hotel in Kings Cross London. Last time I went here was same date 30th December 2 years ago in 2019 pre COVID..........
It was still just as good as I remember with the lovely grand hotel front to the open plan Hansom lounge with high metal beamed glass ceiling all lit up. I had purchased a Buyagift voucher some time ago to use for this which I purchased with a discount code. I paid just £67.50 for bottomless champagne afternoon tea for 2 which was bargain as menu price is £56 each with just a glass of champagne.
As it was Christmas they were serving the Winter LK Bennett themed afternoon tea.
When we arrived at 3pm the lounge was very empty which I was surprised by. We were shown to our table which had two nice chairs and a large blue velvet sofa. We sat on the chairs and put our coats and bag on the sofa next to us. Behind me was the bar which was decorated with a garland and large red bow above it. At the other end by the entrance was a very large Christmas tree with lots of twinkly lights. These were the only decorations plus a small pot with green branches on each table.
On our table was the menu which sounded very nice. https://www.thehansom.co.uk/resourcefiles/pdf/winter-lk-bennett-afternoon-tea.pdf
The waitress offered us a glass of ice tap water before bringing over a bottle of champagne and pouring us a glass each. The bottle was put in a silver ice bucket next to our table. Last time we came the drink was served in gold metal goblets and we had Chapel Down English sparkling wine. It was this visit that got us interested in English wines and our trip to the Chapel Down vineyard.
The sandwiches were brought out on an individual plate each and the same with the four cakes each which were placed on the tall silver stand next to us. As I remembered last time the scones are served at the very end.
The sandwiches consisted of Smoked salmon, citrus herb mayonnaise, Coronation chicken Golden sultanas Truffled hen egg Mustard cress, Cucumber Whipped salted butter and Slow roast English beef, horseradish cream. I liked the chicken one the best but they were all nice and tasty. We were not offered any extra which was a shame.
By now we had drunk over half of the bottle of champagne and I decided it was time for a coffee to go with the cakes. My husband ordered a pot of tea.
The cakes looked and tasted nice ......there was a red velvet cake , chocolate choux bun, berry mouse on sponge and an extremely soft and creamy pink rose which looked pretty and tasted of rose water. I liked it however my hubby was not keen. My favourite cake was the red velvet slice.
An hour into our tea and one bottle of champagne later I noticed that is was getting busy in the lounge with people coming and going.
Second bottle of champagne opened it was time for the scones.......
They were freshly baked and still warm, a plain one each and fruit one each with a little jar of Tiptree jam each and a large pot filled with clotted cream to share. Lovely way to finish this afternoon tea.
I asked the waitress if there was anything to pay for and she said it was all covered by the voucher.
We left a cash tip on the table as was very happy with the food and service.